November 16, 2013

November 16

November 16, 2013:   Saturday, 32nd week, Ordinary Time

Readings

    Wordle: Readings 11-16-13
  • Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9  When all was still, your all-powerful word bounded, filled every place with death, reached to heaven.  Creation was being made anew, that your children might be preserved.
  • Ps 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43  "Remember the marvels the Lord has done!"  Sing praise; God, remembering word to Abraham, led the chosen with joy.
  • Lk 18:1-8  Dishonest judge gives just decision to importunate widow.  God will do justice speedily.  When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith?

Reflections
  • Pope Francis homily:  Strong Lord fiercely defends, saves us.  Our strength is prayer:  to lament our problems, ask for freedom.  Lord is weak before people's humble prayers.  Pray, ask, knock at the heart of God daily.  Widow never tired, was brave. Pray for the needs of Church, humanity.   God listens.
  • Creighton:  Persevere in prayer.  Trust that God will do justice.
  • RC.net:  Persistence pays off.  Hope; don't lose heart.  Am I confident in God's love, care, providence?

Saints, per Universalis
  • St. Margaret of Scotland, queen, mother, reformer gener
  • St. Gertrude, religious devoted to Sacred Heart
  • St. Edmund of Abingdon, reforming bishop, peacemaker
  • Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn (veneration of Mary in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine)

Music

Apparel
Owl tie pin:  Wisdom = Word
(1st reading)
"Scales of justice" pin:
Unscrupulous judge renders just judgment
for persistent widow (gospel)

  • "Hands" tie (not shown; see Nov. 12 post):  Souls of the just are in the hands of God, for 1st reading of today's funeral for choir member Bob Hammond; God bless him, Claire, and his family and friends!

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